Headed South © Charles Peer
Name: Charles Peer
Bio: Charles Peer received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas in 1979. In 1990 he moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to take up a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts at John Brown University. In addition to serving as professor he is also Director of the university’s Fine Arts Gallery.
Peer is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Ozark Pastel Society. He has served as a guest artist for many arts organizations, the juror for regional competitions and the leader of pastel workshops. His artwork has garnered many awards, including the President’s Award at the Northwest Pastel Society’s 28th Annual International Open Exhibit 2014, an Honorable Mention in the Richeson 74 Landscapes, Seascapes & Architecture Exhibition in 2014 and Best of Show at the Ozark Pastel Society in 2012 and 2013. Peer’s work was included in Best of American Pastel Artists. In 2010 he was selected as the summer Artist-in-Residence for the Buffalo National River. He is represented by Gallery Central, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Style and Technique: Peer uses his native Arkansas as the framework for exploring his interest and love of colour. “I have a particular interest in color combinations that create a richness of surface, an inner glow or that make a painting ‘sing’. My goal is to combine the beauty of the landscape with the immediacy of drawing and the magic of interesting color. My chosen materials are soft pastels on a hand textured and painted surface. All of this is in an attempt to develop that color richness I am looking for.”
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